Strategically, Arons en Gelauff architecten’s design is organised into two bands of housing – each very different in character. Defining the street frontage are two brick blocks, either side of a narrow passage entrance, with the metal-clad canal-side housing beyond.
Together, they enclose a communal, green courtyard, which serves the waterside housing entrances, and includes semi-private areas. The development is car free thanks to garage parking below the courtyard. The entrance route opens out into the courtyard and continues through to the canal. Here, it widens and steps down to touch the water and separates two staggered terraces of metal-clad houses.
GOLDEN ALLOY OF COPPER
These houses have deep floor plans and are set perpendicular to the water, inspired by traditional Amsterdam canal-side housing. Individual houses are highlighted by a narrowing top storey – a modern take on traditional steep gables – tapering from front to back and generating a private roof terrace alongside. A metal skin wraps up and over each house, encasing generous glazing to both elevations. This alternates between ‘silver-grey’ metal and a golden alloy of copper, from one house to the next.